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Poems comparison- 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti and 'Do not go gentle into the goodnight' by Dylan Thomas.

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2 Poems comparison- 'Remember' by Christina Rossetti and 'Do not go gentle into the goodnight' by Dylan Thomas. 'Remember', by Christina Georgina Rossetti, and 'Do not go gentle into that goodnight' by Dylan Thomas, are two poems conveying the message of death. Both poems have different methods of exploring connections between expressing death, in other words; their ideas about death differ, however, both poems have similarities too. The poem 'Remember', is a bitter sweet reflective poem, discussing about an awkward love affair. The persona is conveying their message by presumably confessing, their forceful relationship, and whether the acceptance of death will be easy when she's 'gone away to the silent land'. The poem portrays and calms afterlife, as well as reducing the sheer pain to those whom go through this situation. On the other hand, the poem. 'Do not go gentle into that goodnight', talks about exploring helplessness when growing old, and inching towards death; reflecting this old people. It's a plea from the writer to his dear farther, about fighting against imminent death, and not to admit defeat easily. Thomas speaks of death as an enemy to be fought, yet not to be feared. 'Remember', and 'Do not go gentle,' are both forms of elegy. In the poem 'Remember', it states how the persona 'goes far away into the silent land', this could suggest a cemetery, where her individual grave will be placed surrounded tranquillity, or it could even symbolize heaven, where there's peacefulness. ...read more.

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Also, other differences between 'Do not go gentle' and 'Remember' would be the vivid description, given from different peoples point of view. Dylan uses to describe death in different situations by different people's interpretations. At the beginning of stanzas two, three, four, and five Thomas identifies different types of men and describes how each one relates to death. The ?wise men,? know that the end is coming and they understand that knowledge and intelligence isn't the core of their lives. Men live their lives and then they die. They still do not ?go gentle? because their words ?had forked no lightning.? They feel as though they have had no impact on their world, so they are desperate to live longer that they might have one more chance to make a lasting impression. ?Good men? in the third stanza find that they cannot leave this life peacefully either. Without having to prove themselves through heroic deeds, they long for one last chance. The ?wild men? who ?caught the sun? lived joyful lives and ?sang the sun in flight,?. The ?wild men,? however, realised too late that their life was limited and they wasted them on their own pleasure. Thomas, uses the technique of pun, in the fifth stanza ?grave men.? In terms of ?grave? it is usually used to describe men, whom appear both serious and solemn in their acceptance of going to the grave; to step ever closer to entering their final resting place. ...read more.

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Both poems, consist of the technique; iambic pentameter, it's set in such a way, that the effect it has on the reader is aiding to the softness of the rhythm, with the message trying to be conveyed. Also, both poems have similar tones too. Once the poem is read, it sounds slow, sad and peaceful, allowing the reader to reflect and feel the same way as the writer. Not only that, but the way it is structured rhyme well; in other words they both have couplets at the end of each sentence with each sentence in both poems being short and sharp. In conclusion, the two dictatorial poems 'Remember', by Christina Rossetti and 'Do not go gentle into that good night' by Dylan Thomas express the theme of death. Both poems, show many differences however, they too, show connections of similarities. The two poems teach the world that whatever reason there may be, people go off to the 'silent land.' But the message revealed in the poems is that one must remain strong and have the courage to face this situation. The poem 'Do not go gentle,' encourages the reader to think that death is something that should be fought then mutely accepted. On the other hand, the poem 'Remember,' accepts death, calming afterlife and reducing the pain, but the main message in these two poems is to live your life to the fullest; don't wait for death to breath down your neck to start living, start today. Areeba- 9B ...read more.

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